# How are Guided Math Groups Formed?

*How are Guided Math Groups Formed?*

Effective Guided Math groups are based on intensive, informed teacher planning*. *Teachers must plan based on a variety of math data that gives a complete picture of the child. Teachers plan for, implement and evaluate guided math groups based on math data. This data is collected in a variety of ways.

At the beginning of a unit, the teacher does a series of pre-assessment moves to determine the initial groupings. These might include surveys, quizzes and/or mini-math interviews. There is also a way to do a type of math running record to implement a strategic math plan. After this initial assessment, the students are grouped in three main categories 1) novice learners- who do not have a basic understanding of the concept; 2) apprentice learners-who have a basic understanding but need concentrated work to reach a deeper level (often time these students are working right on grade level) 3) expert learners- who are working above the grade level standard and need to have the topic extended.

All of this takes extensive planning, before the unit is taught. After the initial assessment the teacher forms the groups and works intensively with them around specific content, strategies, and skills. The ongoing teacher observations, anecdotals during centers and quizzes provide the teacher with information about student progress. Students need ongoing practice with the content to gain proficiency. Look at the Links for Great Assessment Resources and Websites.

I am looking for a good assessment for math grades k-4. We have started a new Title Math program with minimum funding so we would like to find a free, or inexpensive assessment for choosing participants who are most needy. Pleas help🙂

BobbiJanuary 19, 2010

Have you looked at http://www.exemplars.com/materials/math/index.html.

Also, here is a great site with some good assessments as well as other math resources…

http://mathlearnnc.sharpschool.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=4507283&pageId=5051238

drnickinewtonJanuary 20, 2010

Hi,

Also, Math Their Way has great assessments online….http://www.center.edu/pub/docs/Chapter3.pdf

drnickinewtonJanuary 20, 2010